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their getting the River between them and the Ene. A. C.
of more importance than can be foreleen; and
6. We consider likewise, that the Enemy being
Signed by the Duke of Marlborough.
Generals of the Cha. Rudolph Duke of Wirtemberg:
Count de Noyelles,
Spiegel de Dirsenberg.
4. Van Tettau. These Reasons were oppos'd by the Deputies of But the the States, and the Dutch Gencrals, who would not Durch ope consent to hazard their Troops in an Action, which, poje thoi they faid, was at best very dubious, and which if Design.
A. C. attended with Success would yield no farther Advan
1703. tage, than to find the Enemy retired into their forUrtiñed Towns; whereas, on the contrary, should the
French get the Victory, the United Provinces would remain exposed to their Incursions. Thereupon the Project of Attacking their Lines was laid aside,
and the Resolution taken to Besiege Limburg”; Limburg which was accordingly invested on the roth of the irvelied, following Month, by Lieutenant General Brulax, Sept. 1o. with 24 Squadrons of Horse and Dragoons. On the
20th the Foot arriv’d, and the Cannon and Ammu. nition being come to Liege, the Duke of Marlbo. rough followd the next Morning, with the Heredi. tary Prince of Hele, and a farther Detachment of 15 Squadrons, and 24 Battalions. By this time the Besiegers had made themiélves Masters of the lower Town, without Resistance, and their Batteries being
finish'd on the 25th, they play'd Night and Day And jur. upon the upper Town. By the 27th the Breach was rendred ai so wide, that the Confederates were preparing to give Discretion, a general Affault; which the French perceiving, Sept. 28. beat a Parly : But all the Conditions they could obN. S.
tain, were, That the Garrison should remain Prisoners of War'; that the Officers and Soldiers might keep what was their own, and that the Offacers should be allowed twelve Waggons to carry their Baggage, provided they deliver'd up one of their Gates, within half an Hour after this Agreement.
This being submitted to by the Besiegers, and the Garrison, consisting of 1400 Men, having laid down their Arms, and being march'd out, the Besiegers took Poffeflion of the Place, of which the Duke of
Marlborough appointed the Baron of Rechteren to be The Cani. Governor. This Conqueft put an end to the Campaign end-paign in the Netherlands, which must be acknowed in the sedg'd to be very glorious to the Duke of Marlborough, Nether- fince, belides the taking of three Important Places, lands.
viz. Bonne, Huy and Limburg, he did all that lay in the Power of an able Commander to engage the Ene. my to a decisive Battle : But it seems the French were contented to stand upon the Defensive in Flanders, where they were, indeed, Inferior, while their Superiority on the Rhine, and in the Heart of the Empire, gave 'em lignal Advantages.
The Emperor having not only refused to consent A. C. - for to the Neutrality of Ratisbonne, propos’d by the Duke
1703 d te of Bavaria, but instead of that required the Sovereign ! Princes and Srates of Germany, to furnishtheir quota's
, Afairs of and to enable him to prevent the Mischiefs that Germany. alide threatned the Empire; Their Depuries at the Diet, urgb . who were indeed no better than the Elector of Bas
varia’s Prisoners, inGifted upon their Secțrities, alledgreality ing, that the Imperial Court's Refusal was out of Seanik. Son, and prejudicial to the Authority of the Princes
and States of the Empire. The Queen of England,
all the Earnestness imaginable, prest that unweildy enik Lethargick Body, by their Ministers, to take effectual Cube Measures to prevent the fatal Consequences of the low Conjunction of the French and Bavarians. But when
some of the Deputies would have taken into present Di Contideration the Ways and Means for every Circle
to furnish out their Shares of Men, Artillery and Am.. gik munition, for the Army of 120000 Men, which the
Diet had the Year before resolv'd to set on Foor, for do the Defence of the Empire, others reply'd, That Drif the Consideration of these Things was too late for nig this Campaign, and too soon for the next. ICE
This fupine Negligence of the Diet, the Cause of the Duke of the all the succeeding Distractions of the Empire, en-Bavaria's the courag?d the Elector of Bavaria, to publish a Mani. Manifesto, mer festo, wherein he complains in the firit Place, ‘Against Pirblish'd
the Emperor and his Allies, accusing them of Exor.Jure 1
keep himself out of this New War, and to join his
Franconia, firmly to establish the Peace obtain'd by
A.C. inviolably, and the Circles in their Answers exprele 5703.
Ging a like Inclination, he had conformably declar'd on the lide of France, and entred into a Treaty with that Crown. That he wilhed foar the Impe. ‘rial Court, when they began the War in Italy for the Succession to the Spanish Monarchy, had had 1 the Consent of the Empire, at least of the Electoral College: As also, when they declared against the Dukes of Savoy and Mantua, and against the Elector of Cologn, whose only Crime was, That he would ! not be subfervient to the Designs of the House of
Austria. That his Electoral Highness had Cause * fufficient to complain of such Proceedings of the IE
Imperial Councel, but smother'd his Refentments E out of Respect to the Emperor; But when the Circles E of Austria, Suabia and Franconia, without waiting &C for the Resolutions of the Diet of the Empire, * entered into the War, and consequently became he
unqualified to give an Impartial Vote in the Diet, His Electoral Highness finding his Country left naked and exposed, his Enemy grown more formidable, and the House of Bavaria in Danger of being oppressed, he judg'd it high Time, for his BE own Security, and for the Preservation of his A Country, to poffess himself of fame advantageous G Posts, particularly Ulm and Memmingen, to prevent being crush'd by the Monarchical Administration,
till now unheard of in the Empire. This Manifesto was presented to the Diet at Ratisbonne, by the Bavarian Minister, with another Writing, importing, PThat the Elector would think himself no longer oblig'd to evacuate that Town, tho' the Emperor's ! Ratification of the Resolve of the Diet for a Neutra. lity, should be ratified by His Imperial Majesty, However, he affur'd the Publick Ministers reliding
IC there, That they fhould enjoy all Freedom and Se. curity in the faid Place, with which Aflurance he hop'd they would rest contented, and demand nathing further.
IC After several Consultations between the Elector of Bavaria, and the Mareschal de Villars, it was agreed that the French General should continue near the Da pube, to observe the Motions of the Prince of Baden, who had been join'd by Count Styrum; And that the
orele anger tort
Veum my, and a Fortress of that Importance, should have
Elector's Forces should invade the Country of Tyrol, A. C. in order to open a Communication with the French
1703: Te Army in Italy ; and shut up the usuaļ Paflages, where. hele by Succours were sent to the Imperial Army in Lom1.4)
bardy. On the other hand, Count Solari, who com. bak manded in Pasau, having left 1000 Men only in that let City, march'd with the rest of the Imperial Forces Link to joyn Count Schlick near Brangu, in order to obFa serve the Bavarian Army, and the Franconians, headed en by the Markgrave of Bareith, fell again into the UpFoc per-Palatinate, plunder'd Lauterboffen, and once more da block'd up the Castle of Rottenberg, All these were of thought prevailing Motives to deter the Elector of
Bavaria from his Design upon Tyrol, but nevertheless,
gresses were so rapid, that they amazed all Germany,
he subdued that large Country, and made himself De Master of such strong Holds, as were sufficient to stop mi a numerous Army, as many Months, had they been
in quch Posture of Defence as Towns of that Impor-
Couragious Commander, after this, wirgel, and the and strong Fort of Rottemberg surrendred to the Victor,
who from thence proceeded to Hall, and afterwards
City of Tyrol, from which he demanded Homage,
fides a great Quantity of Ammunition and Provilions.